This past weekend, Dion and Kirsten (Casie's cousin and boyfriend) stopped by with Dion's brother Dominic. They've just moved here from New Jersey where Dion was working as a drywall contractor. While good house guests to have, we actually hired them to help with a bit of the drywall while Casie and I tackled the window/siding project before the rains started this week.
We started in the bedroom with the installation of a product called QuietRock -- a sound-proofing drywall. The bedroom tends to get a bit noisy with both a rooster and a convalescent home within 100 feet, so the investment will likely prove worth it. The 5/8s ($60/sheet) drywall seemed like gypsum glued to hardi-backer while the 1/2in ($30/sheet) was like two 1/2in sheets with a rubberized membrane in the middle. Both were much heavier than regular drywall and the 5/8 was super-tough to cut... but in the end, it seems worth it. The hum from the roof mounted HVAC compressor is cut to a nearly inaudible din. Some noise still comes through the single-pane sliding door, but that's to be expected. Sound bouncing around the room is also cut quite a bit and should be even quieter once we have furniture in the room and clothes in the closet.
So, the drywall project is starting (with a little help), which is good on both counts.